Surgeon: Osvaldo C. Anez
December 10, 2008
Wow 5yrs went fast. I feel like a totally different person in a different place in life, but I am still battling with this weight thing...I likely weigh somewhere in the 340's today...that's less than 100 pounds from where I started. This is a terrible thought and sometimes I feel like a total weight loss surgery failure! But - I am still healthier than I was - I am still 80 pounds leaner, I still eat less and make better choices than I did - but obviously not all good choices. I am so tired of being a slave to food... and yet, I make the choices. I am cautiously and prayerfully considering revisionary surgery...still for anyone thinking about this...if you don't change your mind and relationship with food....this is a futile effort.
Dealing in the real..a wakeup call...
May 28, 2008
Weight wise I am still holding at about 100 pounds down...Dr. Anez says he can likely do revisionary surgery and I could lose another 100...but if I don't follow through with the post op stuff...what's the point. I found out this week that I have been headaches, cold feet, feeling foggy, craving ice...because I have VERY low iron...this is what happens when you don't take your vitamins. I am praying for God's help as I try to take better care of myself and stop ignoring the warnings. I am currently wearing about a 28/30....332 pounds this week...in a few more months I will hit my 5 year WLS anniversary. I pray I will be sounder and wiser and leaner, with God's help.
Where to go from here?
August 27, 2007
Married with children now! Lots of changes in just over 2 years, still about 100 pounds down from my highest weight (424), still could lose half my body weight and never miss it. Much happier with my life now, but need to figure out where to go from here. Wearing 26/28's now, sometimes feel like a weight loss surgery failure, but mostly just trying to go forward. I have done pretty well with vitamins. Was a little low in iron and B12, got a prescription for Vit D? Is this common??? In any case, just trying to document where I am now.
God is still awesome all the time.
June 17, 2005
It's been a long time since I have been here. Just to catch up things are still going well, but I need to do better. I have actually gained a few pounds (15?) which is very scary. I know the reasons, I haven't been exercising regularly and I am eating some sweets. My plan is to do something now. The idea of going back to the place I was is terrifying. I wanted to just be honest in catching up here and hope to be updating with better news soon. Please pray for me!! I will keep you posted.
October 19, 2004
Have only lost a few more pounds, but now I can wear many 22w and 1x, it still seems odd to me, but very good. Have been dressing more professionally and it's amazing how much people notice! I can only imagine what they were thinking before. Still need to get busy moving (have been doing a little more). Also, I have started making better food choices as I was getting a little lazy and tending to lean toward carbs and sweets. Yikes!!
September 23, 2004
Gee...it's been a while! I have lost about 160 pounds now and am wearing a pretty solid 24w. I can run up a flight of steps, which I thought I would never do. Life is good, am dating a wonderful man, just got a new job, enjoying many small things I never realized I missed...like crossing my legs, fitting in seats, buying pantyhose at the grocery store, and trying new things like cooking!! I am so thankful to be in this place. I know now that I need to get busy exercising to keep going and be very careful (more careful than I have been) about what I am eating so my tool can assist me for a life time.
God is good!
Slowly, but surely...
March 26, 2004
Well, I have lost at least 83 now, maybe more. I am down from a size 34w to 26-28w so although it doesn't sound like a lot to some people it is starting to open up a whole new world of clothes for me. I got a new Trek bike, thanks to a money gift from a friend, I have never owned a more expensive bike but this is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. I also had another blessing, a friend of mine's boss (who I barely know) had surgery a few months before me and has handed down to me several bags of beautiful clothes. I felt like it was Christmas!!! I was afraid at first they would be too small, but what a pleasant surprise that almost everything fits!! Thank you God! Thanks Jan! Thanks Gillespie!!
One day at a time...
February 26, 2004
Just a quick update, I have lost 71 pounds now, but I need to really focus on getting all my food and vitamins in. I thankfully still have little or no appetite (which still amazes me) and have to work to get my 3 small meals and 2 protein shakes. I am also having some challenge getting my calcium...blek, but I am working on it. Additionally, my exercise has been erratic at best. I am not having any problems yet...but I know I need to pull myself up by the boot straps and get busy!!
February 9, 2004
I went for my 8 week checkup last week and have now lost at least 58 pounds. I now have clearance for regular exercise (weights, crunchers etc...) and can start eating salad!! Unfortunately, I have not been walking because my orthopedic doctor told me not to. I have paper thin cartlidge in one knee and need to do exercise that doesn't impact my knee. Soooo, I am likely going to start cycling and doing the elliptical machine at work. I just need to do it quickly, maybe today!! I need to purchase new underwear and have already purchased new dress shoes, the others were flopping off my feet!! I have a lot of people sending clothes my way so I have done pretty well so far. I am down about two sizes from a Womens 34 to 30 so far. It's nice to not be at the very top of the range at Catherines. I can fit most 4x's now and look forward to getting down to the 26-28 range which opens a whole new selection of places to shop for clothes. I am so thankful that my journey so far has been so good. I have thrown up only twice in two months and my food tolerance has been very good so far. God has seen me through this entire process and I am looking forward to the changes 2004 has instore for me.
A few changes...
January 12, 2004
I have lost atleast 43 pounds now and am starting to notice changes in my body. All the fat that was solid is now sort of jiggly. I am able to breathe and sleep a lot better already and have been trying to keep up with my one mile a day walks, but the cold weather is making it challenging. I look forward to the century club (and eventually the double century..or whatever it is called). I am fighting to get my water, protien, exercise and vitamins right now, but I hope with practice it will be easier. I still haven't thrown up (thank you Lord!!) but had a little scare when I think I ate a piece of shrimp to fast. Live and learn....God is good!
Onward and Forward
January 4, 2004
I had my surgery with Dr. Anez on Dec 9. Everything went extremely well. I had RNY mini-cut (not lap). I was only in the hospital 2 nights! I have not thrown up at all and have been able to tolerate: chicken,fish,beef,peanut butter. It is very odd not being hungry, I actually have to work to get all the food I am supposed to eat in. As of yesterday I had lost 34 pounds. I am happy for the weight loss but have a long way to go. I walked a mile today (first time in years) and also rode a bike a short distance. I am praying to use this second chance at being healthy for God's glory and trying to do my best to do what I am supposed to.
November 12, 2003
Finished my last blood work before surgery on Monday. I also picked up my additional vitamins and have been getting ready. My feelings have been all over the place and I just keep praying that all will go well. I have been eating erratic and actually lost 4 pounds this week...
November 6, 2003
A lot has happened since I last wrote. I have decided not to go with Dr. Greene. Instead I am going to have open RNY with Dr. Anez. My brother had his surgery with Dr. Anez in July and is doing well. I have a surgery date now of Dec 9. I have a lot more peace about the whole process. My Aunt and I are actually having surgery the same day and may get to share a hospital room. I am so thankful for the support network God has blessed me with and that all the puzzle pieces are finally falling in place. Please keep me in prayer as I get prepared over the next month for being off, Christmas, my new eating style, end of the year bills etc...
September 24, 2003
OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE...
I appreciate everyones well wishes, but at present I still have no surgery date. I have been through all required tests for Dr. Greene, but have not been dealing so well with the preparatory Protein shake and low carb diet. If I could control what I am eating I wouldn't be getting surgery!! In any case, I am not sure what the resolve will be yet but have been floundering for a few weeks and eating over the stress of it all and questioning everything. I pray this will all be resolved soon.
August 18, 2003
NO MORE WHINING...
After this last date change I have been questioning whether or not to do surgery again, but still moving forward. I have been to the Nutritionist now and still have the Pulminologist later this month. My brother had his surgery a month ago and is doing great.
August 5, 2003
THREE STEPS FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK...
A lot has happened in a few weeks. I went for my first sleep study and barely slept. I found out I have sleep apnea and went for a second study (CPAP titration), slept a little better, if anyone can sleep the first night they try a CPAP. Went for my endoscopy, was very nervous, but it went easier than expected and all was okay. Then the evening of my endoscopy I got a really bad toothache. The next day I found out I had an abcessed tooth and need a root canal. Yesterday, Dr. Greene's office called and said they were re-scheduling my surgery because they didn't have all my test results back and didn't feel I was ready....UGGGGGGHHHHHH......waaaaahhhh.....I don't even feel like talking about it yet, maybe later.
July 16, 2003
STILL PLUGGING ALONG...
I went last night for the consultation with a neurologist before my Sleep Study. It was interesting, I found out as a woman if your neck is more than 16" then you have a higher risk of sleep apnea. I have my actual sleep study this Friday, so that will officially be the first night I have spent the night in the hospital since I was born! My feelings have calmed some about surgery now. I don't feel so much in upheaval. I have taken on a task oriented attitude, sort of what do I have to do to get this done. Still holding on to God for hope and strength for my future. More tests to come...
July 11, 2003
ON WITH THE TESTS...
Well I have finally stopped dragging my feet about completing my preops. I don't know whether it was my brother completing his surgery, or just telling my self get off your duff and do it, or maybe the heat of Summer reminding me how very miserable it is to have 250 pounds of insulation. In any case, last week I called and scheduled appointments and put an end to my almost 3 months of avoidance behaviors. Yesterday I had my Abdominal Sonogram (check for Gallstones), bloodwork and Echocardiogram. I don't know any results of these tests yet, but I am trusting God that they will all be okay. More to come...
June 18, 2003
ANOTHER DATE, A LETTER
This thing might really happen! There was a little scuffle with Dr. Greene's office about dates and mine has been changed to September 2. This time they followed up with a letter telling me all the details and when to be at the hospital on
the day of surgery. I keep trying to be positive and excited about all this, but having never had any kind of surgery, and being a needle phobic and having a true love of food, I am alternating between waves of hope and fear. Amidst all this I am trusting God to see me through, and I have a lot more peace about this decision than I did a few months ago.
April 30, 2003
A DATE, A DATE
I don't think I have ever been this excited about a "date" with a man :o) Finally, new news...I had been working with Dr. S for all this time and he finally moved hospitals but in doing so he is no longer a preferred provider for Care First, nor does he intend to be...GRRRRRR!!!! So after 15 months invested, I had a choice to come up with $5,500, or a new doctor.
Dr. Schweitzer may be the best in his field, BUT his office intentionally deceived me after a hundred (documented) phone calls. I waited 7 months for an appointment, which although I was 15 minutes early, I wasn't allowed in to see the doctor until 4 hours later, my time with him lasted 10 minutes, there was a paper work run around with insurance (partially due to his office). Once I got insurance approval, I was put off for more than 3 months with numerous excuses only to be told he was no longer a Care First preferred provider. Needless to say I am DONE with Dr. Schweitzer and his office help.
All that being said, my Aunt recommended me to Dr. Greene, who I have seen once and am very impressed with his office. He and everyone in his office seem pleasant and well organized. There was a slight wait for my appointment, but not bad. I actually called the office two days ago and got a response and a surgery date the same day!!! Imagine that!!
It's weird having a date now...one more step to reality. I guess I better get busy getting all my preops done and testing out protein drinks!! I will keep you all posted.
January 10, 2003
Same stuff, different day
I haven't updated in a while because there hasn't been much to tell. I have been approved by insurance and I am now waiting for a date. I have contacted Dr. S. office several times and basically they don't know his schedule for surgeries at the new hospital yet...so more waiting. According to his assistant I am one of 17 people who are waiting to be scheduled and should get a date around the end of February/beginning of March. In the meantime, my brain is making me crazy questioning the decision to do this and the "what ifs". I am continue to pray and have some peace about this but am still somewhat nervous/anxious -down right chicken. I have never had any kind of surgery and am reasonably healthy for a fat girl if you know what I mean so I am moving forward but not with out some wariness. One of my dearest friends husband had surgery in December and had a few complications which makes it even a little more scary, but he's getting there and I just keep telling myself that every body is different and whatever happens I know God is with me. It's funny, even with all this worry there is the other little hopeful part of me that interrupts at times and says - next year I will be able to buckle my seat belt, or fit in a restaraunt booth or maybe go skiing? One day at a time...
November 19, 2002
On to the next step...
Despite the paperwork getting lost, Blue Cross has been very helpful. Dr. S' office faxed the paperwork again, and this time Andrea at BC was nice enough to hand carry it to the right person. From that point, I called about 3 more times to find out the status and my approval was completed in less than two weeks. If only I had called sooner...I think subconciously I was still a little scared of all this, as much as I want to do this, the waiting and what ifs really do play games with your head. My doctor is changing hospitals and I don't have a date yet but I will keep you posted. He's moving to John's Hopkins which is a good hospital and 40 minutes closer to home for me!!
November 7, 2002
Happy Birthday to me...still 30something.
Hurry up and wait...
Well I finally called Blue Cross to see what was going on, since I have heard NOTHING for 90 days! They said they used to do precerts in Owings Mills and now have moved somewhere else so my paperwork must have been lost in the shuffle...could I please have Dr. S. fax it. I called Dr. S's office and they said they would fax the info today or tomorrow. This is frustrating to me, but I should have called sooner!!
On a side note, I got the bill for the psych doctor and it was over $600 (my insurance paid most of it), YYYYOUCH.
Well, hopefully my paperwork will be back on track in the next few days. I will keep you posted.
October 1, 2002
Am I sane enough?
Since my last update I went to see my Orthopedic Dr. because my left knee was really hurting. After a review of x-rays I found out I have almost no cartlidge on one side of my left knee. My Dr. gave me a prescription and tried to get me to get a cortisone injection, but being a needle phobic I declined, unless the pain gets worse. I was pretty depressed about my knee, just one more thing falling apart, but then what did I expect carrying all this weight on my frame? In any case, it gave a little more urgency to WLS. I also plan to start swimming in a couple weeks if I can afford the pool membership. I got home and watched a special about the people we had been bombing in Afghanistan and how poor their medical supplies are, and how hard they live, and it made my knee problem seem very small. In the big picture of things, I have nothing to whine about, I am so very, very blessed.
Also since my last writing I went to my Psych. Evaluation, which Dr. Schweitzer requires in order to get the surgery. After almost two hours of telling my life story and answering a few questions, I am happy to say I have been pronounced sane enough for surgery.
Another update, my brother went for his follow up with Dr. Schweitzer and was denied the lap surgery. He can get the open surgery but not lap. Dr. S. didn't say why? Needless to say, my brother was very frustrated.
Still haven't lost my 20 pounds, I guess I better work harder at it. I had lost about 4.5 and then gained it back. I have started back with my First Place group (Christian Weight loss program with my church), so hopefully this will help.
Still no news from the insurance, my 90 days is up on November 7, which just happens to be my Birthday...weird huh?
August 7, 2002
Meet the doctor...
Left the house today at 8am for my 10am appt. My brother, Warren, who is also interested in the surgery went too. I got to Dr. Schweitzer's office about 9:55 and checked in, paid my co-pay (BCBS). Next we waited...and waited...and waited. I met two nice ladies who had had the surgery, one open, one lap. The lady who had had lap. roux-en-y was 5 months out and had lost 86 pounds (yeah Kimberly!!) and the other lady was two weeks out and had lost 20, yahoo to her too (though I didn't get her name).
After 4 hours of waiting, for an appointment I made several months earlier (what's a few more hours after 4 months!!), my brother and I watched a slide show presentation listing very specific info about the types of surgery Dr. Schweiter does and what can be expected and what's expected of you. Next I got weighed in (410.4 YIKES) and blood pressure (130/70) and then a little more waiting... Finally, we met Dr. Schweitzer, he apologized for the wait, he was double booked as he is getting ready to go on vacation and it was obvious he was running and tired, never-the-less pleasant and polite. He checked my legs for fluid level (something I had listed on my health history), he asked me about my diet history, he felt my stomach, I think to see if he could do lapriscopic surgery on me, asked about my gallbladder and asked me if I could lose 20 pounds before surgery. My brain's thinking, I have to lose weight before I can get weight loss surgery??? In any case I said I could, and I think I can and that was that. Dr. S. is going to write a letter to my insurance co. and then on for pre-op and a date.
In the meantime I need to get a psy. evaluation (apparently required of everyone). My brother is going for his follow-up next week and we hope to get approved and do the surgery the same day. I am feeling excited and a little scared, I have never had any kind of surgery, so this is all new to me. I am praying for God's direction through this whole process and trying to make wise steps.
July 31, 2002
Just getting started...
I have been reading journals on WLS for almost a year and now I am finally starting my own. I have been researching WLS for all this time and next week I go to my first appointment with a doctor. Already, so many at this sight have encouraged me with their honesty and openess. God willing, hopefully I can join the ranks and help others as I try to get myself healthy.
My first impression of Dr. Anez was that he was a caring and personable doctor. I was especially impressed by his waiting room chairs (and chairs in the offices) which were tasteful and large enough to fit my hips with space, Dr. Anez designed them himself. All of the staff in his office is pleasant and supportive. Everyone follows through on their part of the process. Gabe, Tina, Maria, and Linda(the nutritionist) are super to work with. I would recommend Dr. Anez and his team to anyone looking into having gastric bypass.
The only negative I can think of is that Dr.Anez does not perform lapriscopic RNY, but he does perform a mini-cut. Mine measured just under 4" two days after surgery. I am glad I went this route instead of lap. Preop was much less stressful and with Linda's nutrition program, post-op is much easier to understand and much more livable for "real life".
Blue Cross, Federal Emp Program